Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Advice for Sunday services

Last updated: Wednesday 6 January

Before our eyes our nation has changed.  It’s an extraordinary time and each of us will have our own response to it. Amidst the disruption and chaos we can hold onto one truth: “God is our refuge and our strength, a very present help in times of trouble” (Psalm 46).

Although the current guidelines allow us to hold services of public worship, we have taken the decision that it would not be appropriate to do so given the prevalence of Covid-19 within our local community. We will continue to provide online Digital Church services which are live-streamed and then available to watch on demand. Some church buildings will also be open at advertised times for individual private prayer.

Even though we are putting measures in place to lessen the potential transmission of Covid-19 within our buildings, there is still a risk to health. Therefore, please be aware of the following advice when considering whether to go to a church building for private prayer:

  • Certain groups of people may be at increased risk of severe disease from Covid-19, including people aged 70 or older, regardless of medical conditions. Individuals who fall within this group are advised to stay at home as much as possible and, if they do go out, to take particular care to minimise contact with others outside of their household.
  • Anyone showing symptoms of Covid-19 (a new continuous cough, a high temperature or a loss of, or change in, their normal sense of taste or smell) should not attend a place of worship due to the risk that they pose to others; they should self-isolate at home immediately with other members of their household.
  • Where individuals are self-isolating due to a possible or confirmed case of Covid-19 in the household, or because they have been requested to do so by NHS Test and Trace, they should not attend a place of worship.
  • On entering and leaving a church building, everyone should use the hand sanitiser that is freely available.
  • Within a church building, you should only sit with members of your own household (or support bubble) and maintain 2m social distancing from people not in your household, at all times.
  • It is a legal requirement to wear a face covering whenever you are in a church building. For your own safety and for the safety of others, please bring one with you if you come to one of our church buildings
  • A register of attendees will be recorded (including a phone number) and kept for 21 days to assist the NHS’s Test and Trace program, if required.

Meal deliveries

In partnership with others in the local community, we are able to offer free food deliveries. If you would like to nominate a vulnerable neighbour to receive a free meal, or if you would like to volunteer to be a delivery driver please email us at mealsfrommarlow@4u-team.org
NB: this is not just for church members, but for anyone in need in our community.

We are grateful for your support and would ask you to pray for the four churches in our team, that we may grow in worship, prayer, fellowship and mission through this testing time.